About the Native American Flute

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It's easy to play the Native American Flute.

 

The Native American Flutes (NAF) I am performing on are build by Odell Borg, who founded High Spirits in 1990. His work shop is located in the beautiful South Arizona town of Patagonia.

 

I am a recording and touring flautist, playing at Art Festivals, Farmers- and Flea-Markets nationwide. My Flutes of choice are Odell's High Spirit Flutes, which are easy to learn without any prior musical knowledge. Most NAF come as 6 hole flutes. To enjoy an easy start, and to utilize the easy harmonizing pentatonic scale (5 tone scale), I recommend to close the 3rd hole from the top or to use a 5 hole flute. See picture below:

 A         C         D         E         G         A   A minor, aromatic Cedar

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To make covering the holes easier, fatten your fingers and use the finger pads rather than the tips to cover the holes. With either hand, cover the top two finger holes with your index and middle  fingers. Use the index, middle and ring fingers from the other hand to cover the bottom three holes. Use the ring-finger from the top hand and your little fingers and thumbs to support the flute, all fingers are touching the flute body.

Creating Music:
If you are new to playing flute, start with just one tone: Close only the upper 2/3 holes with the left hand and the 3 right hand holes keep open)
Play some long tones and some rhythms just with this one note. EASY IS RIGHT! Now ad just one tone by closing the highest hole of the right hand. And again just play around with this 2 tones for a while. Keep on adding tones until you can play the whole scale, but remember just adding one tone a time and playing different combinations before moving to the next tone.
Before you know it you will have a song. Songs can be created with very few notes & keeping it simple and repeating 3-4 tone patterns and ending a phrase with a long tone helps to create haunting melodies of your own. There are no right or wrong ways to create music.

Techniques:
Breathe – Beyond closing all the holes, playing a flute is about applying the correct amount of air pressure rather than air volume. On smaller flutes like this one, you will need to generate more air pressure than on larger deeper toned flutes.

Fingering – sliding the finger off the hole slowly will draw the note out (bending the note). Covering only half of the hole will create a different note.

Rhythm –every song has a rhythm. With the flute the rhythm is created with the tongue by simulating the letter “T”. Repeat the letter “T” with your tongue into the flute & then slowly back off & be become more subtle with it.

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Download:

001 - How to play the Native American Flutes

002 - How to play the Spirit Flutes

003 - POCKET FLUTE - Introduction - Vibhas 2016

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Cherokee Morning Song - "Wendeyaho"

Traditional Version for F# minor NAF:   PDF (F#m)MUS (F#m) 

"Wendeyaho" by Sudha Kheterpal: VIDEO (Bm) - MUS-VIDEO (Bm) - PDF (Bm) - MP3 (Bm) - MP3 (Am)

Buy CD "Planet Love" by Sudha Kheterpal on AMAZON ("Wendeyaho") 

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The website "Flute Tree" offers a lot of information and material about the history and developing of the modern Native American Flute. Here are some links to the songs on  FLUTETREE.COM:

        

Dacota Love Song 1        PDF

Dacota Love Song 2        PDF

Duck Dance                    PDF

Zuni Sunrise                   PDF

Omaha Prayer                 PDF  

Amazing Grace - starting on lowest tone PDF

Amazing Grace - starting on 2nd tone     PDF      

 

                                     

 

  

 

 

 

MUSIC VIDEOS





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Listen to VIBHAS CD's

 

Light On The Path - Instrumental Music CD by Vibhas: Piano Solos, Native American Flute Songs and Soprano Saxophone

LIGHT ON THE PATH

Instrumental Music on Native American and East Indian Flutes and Piano solos

 

 

Longing - Instrumental Music CD by Vibhas: Native American Flute Songs over Piano Accompany, Latin Rhythms or Nature Sounds

LONGING

Instrumental Music on Native American and East Indian Flutes over Latin Rhythms

 

 

VIVA VIBHAS - Instrumental Music CD by Vibhas: Romantic and meditative Piano Solos, haunting Native American Flute Songs and smooth Latin Jazz Soprano Saxophone Songs

 VIVA VIBHAS

Instrumental Music on Native American Flutes, Piano solos and Soprano Saxophone songs over Latin Rhythms

 

 

Flowers of the Dawn – Devotional Songs and Chanting by Prasado (voice) and Vibhas Kendzia (all instruments)

FLOWERS OF THE DAWN

Voice, Native Flutes, Piano and Keyboard

Songs of love and beauty surround you… With these songs we want to capture our intimate feelings of being present to the moment. The sweet conversation between flute and voice, the play of sound and silence.